Wee Toon dancer is set for the stage

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By Hannah O’Hanlon

A Campbeltown woman who took her first steps into the world of dance with Footnotes Dance Company will perform in her first professional show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Morgan Irwin, 21, who is in the final year of her BA (Honours) Dance course at Performing Art Studio Scotland (PASS), will join three West End stars in the fifth annual Movies to Musicals production on Friday February 22.

Morgan will dance, act and sing in her role in the musical theatre cast, supporting stars Kerry Ellis, John Owen Jones and Lucy Kay in the Glasgow Philharmonia Orchestra production.

After leaving Campbeltown Grammar School and Footnotes behind, Morgan moved to Glasgow where she gained NC, HNC and HND qualifications, before moving to Edinburgh to study at PASS, one of the only places in Scotland to teach dance to degree level.

She studies ballet, jazz and contemporary dance, as well as choreography, teaching and dance science.

Despite never professionally singing, a friend convinced her to audition for the Movies to Musicals role.

‘I was apprehensive as I had to prepare a song as part of the audition,’ Morgan said. ‘I have always just danced and done bits of acting but never singing, but I went along anyway and was successful.’

When she returns to Campbeltown, Morgan holds dance classes for nursery, primary and secondary school children.

She said: ‘The classes aren’t one set style, I change it up every time. They’re mostly jazz funk where I do fun dance games, introduction to the basic technique of dance, as well as learning routines and basic gymnastics skills.’

Morgan says that after she graduates in June, her ‘perfect scenario’ would be to start a professional dance contract in September, somewhere like India or on a cruise ship, adding: ‘As long as I’m dancing or teaching dance I’ll be living my dream job!’

Morgan Irwin will perform in the fifth annual ‘Movies to Musicals’. NO_c05morganirwin01

She currently studies dance at Performing Art Studio Scotland. NO_c05morganirwin02

The production stars three West End stars. NO_c05morganirwin03